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Best Homemade Brownies

My kids LOVE these brownies! They are the perfect combination of soft and chewy. They are also really easy to whip up for a special treat for your little ones. 🙂

Mix 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup All Purpose flour, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder in your mixer.

Add the following ingredients and fold in with a spatula:

1/2 cooking oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Make sure all ingredients are mixed together.

Spray your baking pan liberally with a non stick spray.

Bake your brownies for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

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“Dirt” Pudding

My grandmother used to make this for our Sunday suppers. All of the family would gather around after getting out of church service, eat a meal, and spend the afternoon together. It’s been so long since we have all gotten to be together, but I cherish all of the memories I have of all of those special Sunday suppers we shared. ❤

1 1/2 lb crushed Oreo sandwich cookies

8 oz softened cream cheese

12 oz of whipped topping

2 small packages of Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix

1/4 cup softened butter

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups 2 % milk


Crush cookies and set them to the side for the time being.

Mix your butter and cream cheese with your mixer.

In a separate bowl, mix your pudding mix, vanilla, and milk until the mixture is thick.

Pour your pudding mixture into your butter and cream cheese mixture.

Add your whipped topping and blend all of the ingredients together.

Place 2/3 of your crushed cookies onto the bottom of your pan.

Cover the cookies with your pudding mixture.

Add your remaining cookies to the top of your pudding and smooth out to an even surface

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for several hours.oreos





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3 Step Cheesecake

My mom has made these cheesecakes for our Thanksgiving dinners for as long as I can remember. Cherry filling is my favorite topping!

Mix 2 packages (8 oz each) softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Add in 2 eggs and mix.

Pour into a graham cracker crust shell.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Let the cheesecake set out and cool.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Eat as is or add your favorite fruit topping.

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My Favorite Bread Recipe

I have tried a blue million bread recipes over the years. I hated all of them! Lol I had given up the hope of ever finding a homemade bread recipe that tasted good and wouldn’t double as a spare baseball bat at any given moment…until I found this one. Hands down, the best homemade bread I’ve ever eaten. When I make it, I bake A LOT of it because it literally goes as fast as it comes out of the oven. Try it…it’s my favorite!

Put 2 1/4 cup hot water in your stand mixer and add 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast and a pinch of sugar. ( I use the rapid rise)

Let the yeast dissolve into the water. Once it becomes bubbly, add 1/4 cup sugar, 1 TBSP salt, 2 TBSP oil, and 4 cups all purpose flour.

Mix together until a sticky dough forms.

Gradually continue adding 1 1/2 cup more flour until the dough is nice and soft.

Remove you dough and kneed on a lightly floured surface for 5-7 minutes.

Place your dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling wrap to rise.

Let it set for one hour.

Afterwards, remove the dough and divide it into two.

Roll the dough out in a rectangle and begin rolling it into a cylinder (on the short end). This will form a loaf shape.

Spray your loaf pan and put your dough in. Cover with cling wrap and let it sit and rise for another hour.

Once it’s risen, bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes on 375.

Let the bread cool for about 10 minutes and remove from the pan.

So yummy! I use this to make bread, hamburger buns, dinner rolls, dessert breads…its very versatile!

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Versatile Cookie Dough

I came across this recipe several years ago and have used it more times than I can count! This is a cookie dough base…whip this up and then you can add whatever you want to it… Various chocolates, Butterfinger chunks, nuts, toffees, m&m’s, candy pieces…the choices are unlimited! These cookies are so light and fluffy when warm! Let them cool and they are chewy. Bake a little longer if you like crispy cookies.

Mix 1 c packed brown sugar, 1/2 c white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 c vegetable shortening, and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. I crank my stand mixer all the way up and let it go! Let it whip at least 5 minutes for super fluffy cookies.

Add in 2 1/2 c all purpose flour, 1 tsp baking SODA, and 1 tsp salt.

Mix all ingredients well.

Add 3/4 C – 1 C of your choice (candy pieces, nuts, etc)

Drop your dough onto baking sheet. You can shape your dough into balls or just leave it as it drops.

Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.

Let your cookies cool on your baking sheet for about 5minutes before removing onto a cooling rack.

Store leftovef in an air tight container.

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Mexican Cornbread Casserole

I made this for a quick simple dinner for my family last night. I used some store bought ingredients just for the ease and convenience, but you could do your own if you choose to do so. This usually feeds our family of 8 with little to no leftovers. We had some company last night, and they ate dinner with us, so it was wiped out quickly last night!

Brown and drain 3lb of ground beef ( I like 90/10 but whatever you have works)

Slice and chop up 1 medium onion ( I use Vidalia)

Add your onion to your cooked ground beef and cook until translucent.

Pour in one 16 oz jar of cheddar cheese (Cheese Whiz, Velveeta, Salsa con queso…whatever you fancy)

Stir well until cheese is thoroughly melted.

At this point, go ahead and preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

( I used Martha White prepackaged mix just for ease and convenience but you can make your own)

Mix 2 packages of Martha White Mexican Cornbread (just follow the direction on the back or your own personal cornbread recipe).

Add in one can of drained whole kernel corn into your cornbread batter.

Spoon out your meat, onion, and cheese mixture into your baking pan. Smooth and flatten out evenly.

Pour Mexican Cornbread batter and corn mixture on top of your meat. Shaking gently to spread and cover evenly.

Bake at 425 for 18-22 minutes until golden brown. Serve with sides of your choice.

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Family Fun Friday Pizza

Every Friday night we have Family Fun Fridays. The kids usually choose mommy’s pizza for dinner that night. ❤ I usually make a minimum of 3 pizzas, but more if I want to have some leftovers for a quick warm up lunch over the weekend. This recipe is so easy and my kids love it!

(This recipe will make 1 18″ pizza. Adjust measurements according to the quantity of pizzas you will be needing)

1 1/2 C hot water in your stand mixer bowl

2 packets of rapid rise yeast

Let the yeast and hot water sit for about 5 minutes. (You want it to look frothy)

Whisk in : 2 tsp sugar, 1/4 C oil, and 1 tsp salt

Add 4 C All purpose flour slowly to mixer. (Switch to your dough hook attachment)

Oil a bowl and place your dough inside. Drizzle the top with oil as well. Cover the bowl with wrap and let it rise for at least 1 hour.

Shape your dough onto your pizza pan. (Make sure to dock your dough) Add your desired toppings and sauce.

Bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes or so.

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What Am I Going to Feed These Little Guys?

As you already know, I am a huge supporter of meal planning. I plan all three meals for the weekend but only plan dinners for during the week. As a homeschooling family, the kids are here with me throughout the day, so they eat their breakfasts, lunches, and snacks here at home. At one time I tried to plan those as well, but I soon found we very rarely stuck to them. I decided to help simplify things, I would make a list of all breakfast, lunch, and snack items available during the week. I include all of these things on our list of staple items that way they are always readily available. The kids know what they have to choose from so it takes all of the guess work out of it. I have found that this method has worked the best out of everything I have tried. What works for you and your family?

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Do You Meal Plan?

MYMEALPLANGIFTRewind to when my husband and I had just gotten married. There wasn’t a lot I had to plan for. With just the two of us we could make last minute decisions with little to no difficulty. Now, fast forward to 13 years of marriage and 6 children later…I have to plan my planning! LoL I found out very quickly that in order to make things run smoothly in our home, I had to plan ahead and get organized! I am a list maker…I LOVE lists. There’s just something gratifying about placing a check mark beside your perfectly bulleted list of to-dos. A few years ago, while researching ways that I could help to save money while feeding my large family, I came across the idea of meal planning. Over the years, meal planning has saved us a lot of money, stress, and hassle! Knowing ahead of time, being able to prepare…I like it…a lot! I challenge you to give meal planning a try for one week.  Shop your pantry, make meals based on what you already have, plan remaining meals, make your shopping list based off of what you need to complete your meals for the week. Shop, cook, enjoy! I created a free meal plan print off which is above. Simply click, save the picture to your computer, and print. 🙂

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Let me know what you think and how it worked out for you!

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A Quick Summer Supper

Warm weather is here and so is more fresh produce! We had an easy dinner of pork chops and garden goodies tonight. I’ve included the recipe for my cornbread. Throw in some green beans, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes…YUMMY!

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Buttermilk Cornbread
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat your pan
with non stick spray/oil and place in oven.
Mix 3 cups cornmeal, 1 3/4 cup milk,
1 egg, and about 1 TBSP of oil.
Mix until combined. Carefully remove
hot pan from oven and pour batter in. Level
batter in pan by shaking gently. Bake for
about 20 minutes at 450 degrees. Turn
out onto pan after removing from oven.